Her First Brush with Fame

Like many budding artists, Alexis Hochgertel is anxiously awaiting her first gallery showing. The twist is that this South Jersey talent is only 7 years old.

The youngster’s unique animal paintings will be on display Saturday (November 13) at the Traveling Framer, a framing shop and art gallery in Collingswood.

Alexis’s talent comes as no surprise. Her parents are artists. Her mother, Linda, has been an art director for nearly 20 years, while her father, Robert, is an illustrator and college art professor. They recently took some of Alexis’s work into the Traveling Framer to be framed, and while the work was in the shop, customers inquired about buying her creations.

This gave Stan Demski, the shop’s owner, an idea for an ad campaign titled “Rembrandt and Picasso were children once too.” The campaign took on a life of its own and given birth to this weekend’s exhibit.

“Children are prolific in their creation of art,” says Demski. “This event will provide parents an attractive and inexpensive way to display those truly priceless works of art. Kids can create a piece of their own work, get it framed, or buy some of the charming and surprisingly sophisticated work created by young artists Alexis and [her older sister] Ainsley.”

Saturday’s event is free and will include refreshments for the kids as well as wine and cheese for the adults. There will also be art supplies and tables for young Rembrandts to make their own creations. For more information, visit http://collingswood.com/arts/second-saturday.

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